Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels
(A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

News and Events

The Writing Studio 2017

I’m delighted to have been named the Associate Director of Narrative for the 2017 Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  The position is especially meaningful as I was myself a participant at the Writing Studio in 1987 and 1991.  Like many Canadian writers, the Banff Centre was crucial to my development as an artist.  For application information, click here.

Fat Oyster Reading Series

Very much looking forward to this!

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Meet the Author: Christianne’s Lyceum of Art and Literature, 17 November 2016

9.25x10.25_VanVanish_coverOct8I’m very pleased to be invited back to Christianne’s Lyceum of Art and Literature to talk about Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.  The evening includes wine and Christianne’s usual delicious snacks.  7-10pm at the lyceum.  Find the address and full details here.

The Best Canadian Fiction of All Time…

It was an honour to be asked to contribute to this list and even more of an honour to discover a book of mine on it.  A big thank you to the Writers’ Trust of Canada!


Vancouver’s Histories and Mysteries

I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with the wonderful Eve Lazarus and Aaron Chapman.  Thursday November 3rd at 7 pm.  Hope to see you there!


Short Story Advent Calendar

2016adventcalendar_1I’m thrilled to have work in this upcoming very cool collection: The Short Story Advent Calendar. Just like when you were a kid, the Short Story Advent Calendar offers 24 stories that readers open one by one on the mornings leading up to Christmas.  For more information and to order, click here.

The Vancouver Writers Fest: Grand Opening

writers fest logoI’m thrilled to be hosting the Alma Lee Opening Night Event at the Vancouver Writers Fest.  These six diverse voices will give you a taste of the delights to come the whole week.  Tuesday 18 October, 8:00 pm at Performance Works on Granville Island.  Click here for the program listing.

The Vancouver Writers Fest: Event 80

writers fest logoI’m honoured to be conversing with my old editor and friend John Metcalf about his life and his latest work of fiction (the first in 30 years), The Museum at the End of the World. Saturday 22 October at 8:00pm, Studio 1398 on Granville Island.  Click here for the program listings.

Woo Talk, September 27, 6pm

woo talk logoI’m delighted to be giving a Woo Talk on houses as repositories of narrative.   Woo is an evening of small talks ( 5 to 15 minutes ) along with facilitated conversations at the elegant Sai Woo Restaurant in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. The talks take place Tuesday September 27, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Woo 158 E Pender St.  See the full program and order tickets here.


Vancouver Vanishes on The Current

The currentA huge thanks to The Current producer Anne Penman for including me in the coverage of character home demolitions in Vancouver and across Canada.  Vancouver Vanishes is both a Facebook Page and a book.  Listen to The Current feature here.